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March 9, 2010

Fruits & Passion’s Diffuser Honored at ExTracts

CANADA: Fruits & Passion won the Best New Product in the Cosmetics & Fragrance category at ExTracts, which was held in conjunction with the New York International Gift Fair, Jan. 31-Feb. 4 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. The Montreal-based firm was lauded for its Decorative Diffuser Set, a perfumed oil diffuser featuring a birchwood flower design with a ceramic base, which the firm says has an efficient process for omitting fragrance into the air by mimicking Mother Nature. According to the company, like a natural flower whose stem drinks up water, the birchwood stem and floral petals have a natural porosity that flows fragrance through cellular osmosis up and out through the air. The flower creates a gentle and continuous scenting effect, just like a real bouquet of flowers.

Each wooden flower will spread its scent for six to eight weeks after soaking for 24 hours, the time it takes for the flower to drink up all its liquid scent and begin the diffusion process, according to the company. The diffuser set retails for $15. More info:

SEPAWA Exhibitors Can Present at New Session

GERMANY: For the 57th SEPAWA Congress—scheduled for Oct 13-15 at the Esperanto Congress Center in Fulda, Germany—show organizers are offering exhibiting companies the opportunity to present papers in a new session block: “Forum for Innovations.” Companies can use this platform to introduce new developments in the industry. The focus should be on the technical and scientific aspects of the findings, although it will be permitted to mention company and product names. Since only a limited amount of presentations will be accepted, there will be a selection process by a scientific committee.

The deadline for abstracts (150 words) is Aug. 27. They should include the name of the author/s (including all titles), title of paper in English and German, language of presentation and contact’s address. More info: Monique Senicky,

Shiseido Completes Vietnam Factory

VIETNAM: Shiseido has completed construction of its cosmetics production factory in Vietnam, marking the Japanese cosmetic firm’s 15th factory globally. The plant, located at Amata Industrial Park, Long Binh Ward, Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, will serve as a production base mainly for products targeting the middle-income group in Asia, including China, where major growth is anticipated in the future.

The firm held a completion ceremony on Feb. 2 which was attended by Shinzo Maeda, president and chief executive officer of Shiseido Co., Ltd. Shiseido, which began construction of the new factory in December 2008, said full-scale operations will commence in April, according to Shiseido.

Puig Forges Fragrance Deal With Valentino

SPAIN: Valentino S.p.A. and Puig have inked a multi-year worldwide license agreement involving creation, development and distribution of luxury fine fragrances under the Valentino brand. The agreement, which is effective Feb. 1, 2011, marks the beginning of a long-term partnership between the two global players in the fragrance business, according to the firms.

“We chose to work with Puig for its great experience in the luxury market and high commitment to quality. These quintessential aspects are important to fully understand our brand DNA along with sharing our long-term objectives,” said Stefano Sassi, chairman and chief executive officer of Valentino S.p.A.

“At Puig, one of our strengths lies in our ability to translate the image of a brand into the fragrance category. We couldn’t be more excited with the idea of partnering such a great fashion name,” added chairman and chief executive Marc Puig.

Cognis Honors Care Chemical SBU Staff for Innovation

GERMANY: Cognis has presented its internal Innovation Awards, which recognize the creative thinking and outstanding achievements of company teams responsible for innovative and successful projects that improved the sustainability and performance of Cognis’ products and solutions. This year, the Silver and Bronze Awards went to two teams from the Care Chemicals SBU.

The silver honor was given to the employees behind Plantapon LGC Sorb, a new environmentally sound anionic surfactant based on alkyl polyglycosides technology.The bronze went to the developers of a customized Euperlan pearlizer concentrate. The first Cognis Innovation Award was presented in 2001.

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